Stone Care

Caring for your Granite Bench Top

What is Granite?

Granite is a form of rock that has been created deep in the earth from magma which has forced its way to the outer crust through cracks and holes. Whilst it is reasonably common and found in numerous countries, it has been formed over millions of years. At the earth's surface the granite is mined in large blocks and then sliced with diamond wire or saw blades to form slabs. The slabs are then polished on one face before being shipped to fabricators such as ourselves to prepare for you.

How do I clean my bench?

The bench should be cleaned regularly with warm soapy water or a mild detergent with a damp cloth or sponge. Good quality spray and wipe type products are fine to use however harsh cleaners should be avoided. Do not use abrasive cloths or cleaning products (such as Jif) as these can cause scratching or leave dull spots. So long as the bench is well sealed, it will withstand liquids such as wine, vinegar, lemon juice, tea and spices although these should be wiped away as soon as practical.

How do I maintain my bench?

Granites are porous in their natural state and as a result they can be vulnerable to staining. The porous nature is overcome by sealing the bench. We have sealed the bench for you initially. This initial sealing should last up to 5 years depending on the type of granite you have chosen and the care that is applied on a regular basis. The most obvious sign of the granite requiring sealing is when dark watermarks appear following water spills, which disappear as the water evaporates. The sealant is applied with a damp cloth, re-applied and wiped clean with a dry cloth.  Sealing the bench is a relatively simple task, similar to waxing a car. Sealing will also ensure that the bench is maintained in an hygienic state.

Heat Resistance

Granite benches are resistant to moderately high temperatures for a brief time. However prolonged exposure to high heat can cause discoloration or cracking from thermal shock.  We therefore recommend hot pots and pans should not be placed directly from the stove, microwave or hob onto the bench.

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